About the property
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- Minimum Stay7 nights
Watermill near San Giustino in tranquil foothills, close to historic towns
2 bedrooms w.double bed; 1 bedroom w.2 single beds;
1 family bedroom w.1 double bed plus 1 single bed.
1 sofabed in living rm; 2 folding beds if req'd.
2 bathrooms w. shower, basin, bidet, WC-large arched shower in one.
2 spacious Llving/dining rooms w woodstoves, easy chairs and sofabed. Large table seating 8 plus and table seating 4. View over waterfall.
Free WiFi. Games, books, CDplyr
2 Kitchens each w. own entrances. Upper kitchen leads to portico, having original bread oven. This is next to wooden deck, overlooking woodland trail/sunken garden. Both portico and deck can be used for dining- outdoor tables and chairs provided, and folding sun loungers.
From here you can walk 1 min to rockpools.
Shaded lower pergola.
Laundry room-washing machine.
Ironing board, iron.
The upper Portico unit can be rented alone, or together with the lower Pergola floor: they can be connected by the internal stair.
Exclusive use assured - we do not rent to separate groups simultaneously.
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- within a few days
- English, French, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 7, 2018
We found this wonderful place in 1989 and spent many years slowly and lovingly restoring it. Three of the 4 of us are architects, so this was a fascinating pleasure, from which we learned a great deal about Italian building traditions. This project has cemented our friendship and our love of Umbria, and our families have grown up to love the culture, people, cuisine, and wildlife here during our annual visits, when we have worked together on the restoration. It is a great place to consolidate friendships and families, as it has a special calm and beautiful magic all of its own. We live and work in the north of England with our families, and visit our haven whenever we can. Occasionally we have spent longer here - to write, to design, and for our children to appreciate Italian ways.
Owner purchased this House in 1990
Why Owner chose San Giustino
We love the beautiful hills, the drama of the hilltowns, the exquisite cultural traditions of the walled city of Sansepolcro, and the quiet discoveries of nature on the pathways of St Francis. Family life is slow and gentle here, and there are few overseas visitors, so we find a warm welcome is extended to us. We are also able to learn from the rustic crafts and traditions, and the agrarian way of life. It's a place we love to return to
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3 generations - a place to be revisited
If you are looking for holiday where Peace, Quiet and Rustic are your first three keywords then Molino Meocci should come high on your list. We, three generations, seven months to seventy plus years old chose to holiday here and we were not disappointed. This 18th century water mill, lovingly restored, is actually split into two apartments which are interconnecting. The mill itself is situated a couple of kilometres outside the small town of San Giustino in the foothills of the Apennines on a road that goes nowhere for motor traffic but is an ideal starting point for hikers and bike riders. The river, easily accessible from the mill provides for an adventure playground for the youngsters, (supervision needed!). Ours would have been willing to spend every day there, but the adults had other plans. We hiked up the hill following the clearly marked hiking trail quickly finding ourselves in open farmland with harvest in full swing. Wherever we went we were greeted warmly by the local folk. The trail took us back down to San Giustino. Just right for our group with babes and toddlers through to eight years old. For keen hikers the possibilities are endless. San Giustino, an unflustered and sleepy little town offered all we needed. A good supermarket and several restaurants happy to cater for a large group with kids. Further afield many gems of hill villages wait to be visited. However back to the Molino, situated in the Umbrian foothills of the Apennines, we found everything in good order. The kitchen is a little small but there are masses of pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. We asked the owners if there was a high chair. There was not but they immediately had one organized. Any concerns we had regarding traffic were unfounded since the few cars that passed did so very carefully. There are quite a few stairs inside the building but our young ones coped well and we had no accidents. Apart from a single residence across the road one is completely alone. We ate outside nearly all the time and should the fancy take you there is a large wood fired pizza oven and BBQ. The deck built over the old mill raceway leads naturally into the forest, again a great adventure playground for young kids and away from the road. Umbria seems less on the tourist track than Tuscany but still with all the natural beauty and fantastic summer climate, warm clear days and cool nights. We left all feeling that this is a place to be revisited as many have done before us!
Thank you so much, R, for a resoundingly colourful review - Sounds like you all had a magnificent time, and really came to know the locality well.
So pleased that those amongst you seeking adventure - and others tranquillity - were equally satisfied, and that diverse generations found activities and conviviality to make it a good time for you all.
Do hope you'll be able to revisit soon
Warmest wishes, and thanks again,
Molino Meocci partners
Peaceful & beautiful location, characterful house.
Lovely house full of charm & character which looks to have been restored with much care. The beds are particularly comfortable and along with the large spacious lounge and well equipped kitchen, the whole place made for a delightfully relaxing holiday. Outside, the covered patio and decking is a lovely space to sit and read and the working Pizza oven was a great way to cook our evening meal! It was actually great to stay in the autumn where we enjoy sunny days and evenings by the cosy wood burning stove.
It's just a short walk down to the river from the house, where you can sit & enjoy the peace of the rock pools surrounded by trees. It is nice to be able to walk, on the quiet roads, into the town (15/20 mins ) where there is a great cafe to get your morning coffee, as well as grocery shops. There are also some great local restaurants.
There are so many places within an hour's drive, such as Spoleto, Gubbio, Spello, Assisi and so many more. Choice of great restaurants locally.
The property was clean and well presented, the owner very helpful and responded speedily in our booking enquiry and in answering our queries.
Would highly recommend, and we have already booked our return visit!
Very many thanks Jo for taking the time to tell us about your stay.
We're delighted that you had such a good time, used the bread oven and enjoyed the locality so much. We look forward to welcoming you and your party for another stay this year.
Best Wishes, M, M, I and M
Really comfortable and conveniently located
lovely experienceNo Ratingca di magnano, san giustino, Ca' di Magnano, Umbria, 06016, Italy
Date of Stay
13 Jun 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Mill and found it an excellent base for exploring the area. It was lovely to walk in to, clean and fresh, with a generous amount of food and essentials in the fridge. It is easy to find, being only a couple of kilometres from San Giustino, which, in turn, merges into San Sepulchro. It is in easy reach of several stunning hill towns and hidden gems like Citta in the Tiber Valley bottom. If you travel farther afield it is well place for Gubbio, Cortona, Urbino and Fabriano, all served by good roads. The mill is a sensitive conversion keeping its 18th century character and integrity, with lovely old tuscan tile floors and local furniture . The kitchen was compact and well equipped, the sitting area comfortable and bedrooms spacious. We found it nice and cool when it was burning outside, and it had the decking area for sun bathing, as well as the shady lean-to for BBQ evenings. (These evenings were special because of the displays by the fireflies from dusk onwards) We enjoyed the local village, the friendly bar (the Champions League Final!) and the local historic villa (Castiglione has associations with the local Bufalo family and their dynastic struggles with the Viteli family (you couldn't make it up!), There was everything available within convenient distance, and it did deliver a warm and peaceful three weeks. We have no hesitation in recommending highly for a stay.
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us this feedback on your stay: it's great to hear about your experiences, that your 3 weeks was so comfortable, and that you loved the locality so much.
We really appreciate your goodwill in providing your review, and sincerely hope you will be able to return to Molino Meocci soon
Maggie and Molino partners
Wonderful Italian Mill in amazing setting
The Molino is situated very close to the Village of San Giustino - just a 10 minute drive or 20/30 minute walk. The setting is amazing with wonderful views and we enjoyed several walks into the village and up into the hills. The location is very tranquil and if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, this is the place to come. There is a wonderful Sun deck but also a welcome shaded porch area when the Sun gets too hot.
I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Molino - it was like stepping back in time to a property that has been restored with care and consideration.
Very pleased that your stay was so enjoyable, and that you found the setting and the molino a good base for your walks and relaxation. We appreciate your taking the time to send a review, and hope that you can come back to Molino Meocci soon.
Tranquility and Culture
Cuckoos in the Spring, night jars in the evening, a nightingale between you and the village. This is the place to get away from it all and unwind in this solid converted mill, where you can step out and walk in any direction along quiet roads or across the countryside. Or visit the beautiful hill towns, go on the Della Francesca trail or visit Assisi. You could even take a train to Rome or Florence for the day as we did. Whether its the tranquility you want, or the culture, or to soak up all of these experiences away from the main tourist trails whilst enjoying the delicious food and wine that Italy has to offer, you will find plenty to do here. We have been four times ..........a car is a definite advantage.
Great to hear that you and your family loved the birdsong and fauna, Julie - and that you've discovered yet more delights of this peaceful and inspiring region - on foot, by road and rail. Very glad you found your time there so satisfying. Hope you can come again! Very best wishes, M and partners
Full of character, comfortable,relaxing mill house
The property was very comfortable, relaxing and spacious. There’s a well equipped kitchen – we dined al fresco on the back patio, where there’s a pizza oven - one evening we made stone baked pizzas! A 20 minute walk will take you to the local restaurant, good food, fantastic views.
The rock pool is just 3 minute walk from the back of the house – its private and we were able to lie in the clear water and enjoy the warmth of the sun.
San Giustino a small local town is around a 20 minute walk from the Moliono. There is a post office, shop, friendly bar, train station, town square. The market town of Sansepolcro is around 4km away, there are buses, however we chose to cycle. Both are interesting and worth exploring. Sansepolcro has a great open swimming pool.
Each evening we enjoyed spectacular firefly displays, lighting up shrubs, trees and around the terrace.
Walkers and cyclists will find plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside. Bikes can be hired from Sansepolcro – they will bring and collect the bikes from the house.
We visited Gubbio by car and Perugia by train – both as day trips.
Would definitely recommend and will be back to stay again (I hope!).
Very glad that you enjoyed your stay at Molino Meocci so much, with a series of fulfilling experiences close to the house, also discovering delights of the locality in many ways. Thank you very much for your review, and hope you're able to return.
Tranquil rural location between valley and hills, a pleasant 20 min stroll from restaurants, shops and bars in San Giustino. Rockpools and waterfall within 1 min walk. Located where the foothills of Alpe de la Luna meet the Upper Tiber Valley, it's a perfect base for walking, painting or cycling, and for enjoying the unspoiled life of historic cities and hill towns. Nearby medieval walled town of Sansepolcro (Piero della Francesca's home) is 10 mins drive, and has a lovely large summer outdoor swimming pool set in a wooded park, with bar. It has festivals of music, archery and medieval crafts, plus twice weekly market and a cinema. Horse riding can be found nearby at Il Violino. Michelangelo's birthplace and Franciscan monasteries are close by. Hilltowns such as Anghiari are just 10-30 minutes drive, and it is also a great base for visiting Urbino, Gubbio, Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia and Adriatic Coast., Waymarked footpaths can be found in the hills - you can start from the door of the molino. Cycling is a very popular local activity - you can hire good bikes and explore the hills on winding roads. See link on our website to local family company offering route itineraries, and also guided walks. Citta di Castello - another historic walled town - is also nearby, having a wonderful variety of restaurants, shops, theatre, markets. The hills and the valley are very fertile and the farming traditional - the aromas and flavours are everywhere, and most produce is grown and distributed locally. Truffles, olives, vineyards, fruit trees, local honey, cheeses. There are festivals of chestnuts (Caprese Michelangelo) truffles, wine, flowers, lacemaking, archery, music of all kinds - chamber music (Sansepolcro), jazz (Perugia), chocolate (Perugia) and flag throwing and medieval crafts (Sansepolcro). Please see our website for more information Small indoor pool 5 mins drive in San Giustino. Beaches at Lake Trasimeno 1 hour drive - sailing, watersports. Beaches at Adriatic coast approx 2 hours drive. Travel: Bologna (Forli) 1.5 - 2.5 hrs Florence 1 - 1.5 hrs Pisa 2.5 -3 hrs. Pisa has a main line train connection at the airport, with frequent trains to Arezzo (via Florence). Rome, Ancona, Venice, Rimini all 2 -3.5 hrs The nearest main line train station is Arezzo, which has connections to most airport cities. There is one car hire concession just opposite the station (Avis). Hertz is elsewhere in city. Regular buses Arezzo -Sansepolcro, San Giustino, Citta di Castello. Car recommended. Distances: San Giustino 2 km Sansepolcro 5 km Hilltowns Anghiari, Monterchi, Citerna, Monte S. Maria Tiberina all approx 15 -25 mins drive. Montecasale Franciscan monastery 15 mins drive or a half day hill walk. Cospaia hamlet half hr walk Citta di Castello 15 mins drive Arezzo 40 mins drive Caprese Michelangelo and La Verna monastery approx 1 hr drive. Florence, Urbino, Perugia, Gubbio all approx 1 hour drive. Please see our website for more details on the locality. San Giustino has a station - rail connection with Sansepolcro and Perugia.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The property is let fully furnished and equipped, and the rent is inclusive of lighting, hot water, linen and cleaning. Heating is by woodburning stoves. Deposit and balance A deposit of 50%is requested at the time of booking. The balance of fees, together with a refundable deposit of £100 against breakages, is due six full weeks before the start of your holiday. If a booking is made six weeks or less before the date of the period of the rental, the full hire charge will be required at the time of booking. On receipt of the full hire charge, you will be sent a key to the property in good time. The key must be returned as soon as possible after your holiday: your breakages deposit will then be returned to you. Cancellation Cancellation is only effective when written confirmation is received of your wish to cancel The following charges will apply to cancellations: Four to six weeks before the period booked: 60% of full fees Two to four weeks before the period booked: 85% of full fees Less than two weeks before the period booked: 100% of full fees The above cancellation charges also apply to holidays which are foreshortened after they have been booked. Insurance It is strongly recommended that guests take out suitable holiday insurance to cover cancellations,risks and losses. The owners of Molino Meocci cannot accept any liability for any losses or damages to guests’ property or for nay personal injury incurred during the period of rental. Cleaning The property will have been cleaned just before your arrival. It is hoped, however, that guests will leave the premises in a clean and tidy condition before their departure. Breakages & damages Guests are responsible for leaving the property with all its furniture and effects in good condition, and to undertake to inform the owners or their agents of any damage to the property or its contents, and to pay for any damaged or missing items or for any extra cleaning dueto the property being left in an unclean condition.